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Watch out Girl Talk, DJ Earworm, and Milkman! There are other music mashup artists around–except, rather than using a hodgepodge of tracks from different songs, these artists are using audio tracks from movies and television to create their songs. They have mainstream legitimacy…and it’s getting easier for others to follow in their footsteps.

Using movies to create cool YouTube videos is nothing new–the classic (and inspirational) 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes video has nearly 2 million hits. That’s just the start though. You gotta check out the below video of Ricardo Autobahn’s recently released song The Golden Age of Video, which utilizes famous movie and television quotes in a seamless rhyming scheme.

Want to know where a specific lyric came from? You can find out here.

In another example of the power of movie mashups, Addictive TV has been around since 1992, and has utilized the songs and lyrics of movies in their albums and world-wide tours. While mainstream entertainment studios, and record labels have a habit of criticizing mashup artists’ for borderline copyright infringement, Addictive TV has successful become mainstream. For example, their skill in video editing led to Paramount’s request that they officially remix the trailer for the 2006 movie, Take the Lead, which starred Antonio Banderas:

Finally Addictive TV recently remixed the trailer for the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire:

LA Times Blog recently asked if Mashup artists are the future of music. The answer, for now, appears to be yes.

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  1. Not to be a super-hipster (my consistent sweatpants use probably disqualifies me outright) or an indie music head (I’m still listening to Digitalism’s newest album as though it didn’t come out years ago), but I’m pretty sure that to many people, mash-ups are actually the music of the past. These days, if you head down to the catacombs of Pomona for Table Manners or the underground clubs of Melbourne for a 4am dance festival, you’ll find music that certainly derives partially from the mash-up mania of years past but also feeds on the inability of most people to dance to such a glitchy, ever-changing beat and volatile musical style. Instead, you find super-fast bpm drum n bass style music that incorporates quiet tidbits of quotes from multiple songs but plays none of their beats predominantly. The only way to dance to it is to frantically bounce around, much in the way that people have been doing already in substitution for the more 80s-style dance moves allowed (and kinda-quasi-required, in my opinion) by mash-ups, which have a far slower tempo. Basically, music is finding a frenetic pseudo-house mash-up based (as opposed to the more housey song-transitional based) style that honestly scares the crap out of me. And is, reading over my post, almost impossible to describe.

  2. Not to be a super-hipster (my consistent sweatpants use probably disqualifies me outright) or an indie music head (I’m still listening to Digitalism’s newest album as though it didn’t come out years ago), but I’m pretty sure that to many people, mash-ups are actually the music of the past. These days, if you head down to the catacombs of Pomona for Table Manners or the underground clubs of Melbourne for a 4am dance festival, you’ll find music that certainly derives partially from the mash-up mania of years past but also feeds on the inability of most people to dance to such a glitchy, ever-changing beat and volatile musical style. Instead, you find super-fast bpm drum n bass style music that incorporates quiet tidbits of quotes from multiple songs but plays none of their beats predominantly. The only way to dance to it is to frantically bounce around, much in the way that people have been doing already in substitution for the more 80s-style dance moves allowed (and kinda-quasi-required, in my opinion) by mash-ups, which have a far slower tempo. Basically, music is finding a frenetic pseudo-house mash-up based (as opposed to the more housey song-transitional based) style that honestly scares the crap out of me. And is, reading over my post, almost impossible to describe.

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